Where Are They Now?
It seems that much of Vince Papale's life has been spent inspiring the hopes and dreams of others.
Having started with a first career as a teacher, he then went on to the unexpected NFL career depicted in
INVINCIBLE—becoming the most unlikely
rookie without a college football background
ever to play the game. More recently, he has
worked in higher education as a marketing
executive with Sallie Mae, traveling the East
Coast, helping young students to fulfill their
college ambitions by offering advice on
Papale also recently survived a battle with
colorectal cancer, an experience that led him to
another unexpected career—this time as an
impassioned national spokesperson for cancer prevention. He also donates time to a number of charities
focused on helping cancer patients, including the Philadelphia Eagles' Fly For Leukemia.
Making his home in Cherry Hill, N.J., Papale lives with his wife, Janet, a former member of the USA
World Gymnastics Team, and their two school-age children. They are the only married couple to have been
inducted individually into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
In 2006, Dick Vermeil announced his retirement from football after 15 seasons as a head NFL coach,
most recently with the Kansas City Chiefs. During his career, Vermeil
etched his name amongst some of the NFL's coaching elite in 2003,
when he became one of just five head coaches in league history to take
three different teams to the playoffs.
Vermeil's lasting contributions to the game of football date back far
longer than his tenure in pro football, which began in '69. He owns the
rare distinction of being named Coach of the Year on four levels: high
school, junior college, NCAA Division I and the NFL. Vermeil is also
just one of four coaches in NFL history to lead two different teams to
the Super Bowl: first Philadelphia in Super Bowl XV and then St.
Louis (to a win) in Super Bowl XXXIV. Nineteen years after winning
the NFL Coach of the Year honor for the initial time with the '80
Philadelphia Eagles, Vermeil was once again honored as the NFL's
Coach of the Year following the '99 season with St. Louis and was a
consensus Coach of the Year selection among pro football publications
and by virtually every major event in the country, including Kansas City's own 101 Banquet.
After his seven seasons with the Eagles, from '76-82, Vermeil engineered four Philadelphia playoff
appearances. Vermeil began a 14-year broadcasting career, serving as an NFL and college football analyst
for CBS and ABC from '83-96. In addition to being the only head coach to lead his team to victories in
both the Super Bowl and the Rose Bowl, he is also the only individual to coach a team in the Rose Bowl
and later broadcast a Rose Bowl contest. Vermeil and his wife, Carol, have three children and 11
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